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Who we are


CSMI established a new University Board, which met for the first time in 2015. In keeping with the University norms, the Board is constituted by Wits University staff members best positions to provide guidance and oversight to the Centre. Our board members are:

  • Prof. Ian Jandrell, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (chairperson)
  • Prof. Cuthbert Musingwini, Head of Wits School of Mining Engineering
  • Dr Declan Vogt, CSMI Director
  • Prof. Rob Moore, Executive Director Gauteng City-Region Observatory
  • Prof. Noëleen Murray, Director of Wits City Institute
  • Prof. Coleen Vogel, Wits Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute


The Centre’s staff  


Nancy Coulson’s background is in biochemistry and public health. She is a specialist in health promotion, community development, capacity development, communication, and education and training. She has wide experience of public health issues including HIV, environmental health and occupational health and safety. Nancy has worked in the public and NGO sectors, including in roles such as national manager for the National Department of Health’s Khomanani HIV and AIDS social mobilisation campaign. She is the author of several books.

Working with the centre since 2007, Nancy has been involved in a range of research and education activities for the mining sector. She is our programme manager health and safety. Her focus is on the relationship between business and communities and tripartism in health and safety practice. Nancy has a BSc Honours in Biochemistry and a MEd in Primary Health Care from the University of Manchester. She is completing a PhD through the School of Public Health at Wits University.


Noleen Dube has over 22 years of experience in sustainability and social development in the extractive industry and other sectors. She has worked for the benefit of developing communities in NGOs, multilateral development banking, and in the private sector. Noleen has worked in advisory, technical support, training, project management and strategic roles throughout the African continent as well as in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Noleen has extensive experience working with multiple stakeholders and creating partnerships for large social and economic development projects. In her various capacities, Noleen has led successful and best practice projects in partnership with governments, communities and development donors/partners. She has published several articles related to community development interventions in regional and international journals and publications.

She previously worked for AngloGold Ashanti, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in various roles and at the Project Support Group Southern Africa as Co-Founder and Executive Director. She holds an MBA and a BSc Psychology Honors degree. She was a member of the Advisory Boards of Project Support Association (PSA) in South Africa and of its affiliate, the Project Support Group (PSG) in Zimbabwe. Noeleen sits on the CARE South Africa Advisory Board.


Pontsho Ledwaba is a Research Engineer with a Master’s degree in Mining Engineering from Wits. She has 5 years’ experience in research and development in the small scale mining sector, with a particular focus on mineral development, mineral beneficiation and skills development and training. This work contributes to the socioeconomic development of society, particularly rural and disadvantaged communities. She joined the CSMI early in 2016, from Mintek, and leads the Centre’s work on artisanal and small scale mining. She is currently completing her PhD.




Lileen Lee joined the CSMI in January 2014 as a temporary short course administrator, she joint the staff permanently in July 2014 as Administrator Officer, and is currently Senior Short Course Administrator. In this role Lileen supports the Director and Program Managers with the administration of all courses and events that the CSMI run. Prior to joining the CSMI, Lileen gained extensive experience in the petroleum industry as a Logistics Manager and Supply Chain Practitioner and has also worked at TOTAL SA, ENGEN and PHILLIPS. She is a certified member of the South African Production and Inventory Council and has a Logistics Diploma. 




Declan Vogt became acting director of the CSMI at the beginning of 2017. He has worked in mining research and research management at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation and the CSIR. He joined Wits in August 2014 as the director of the Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems, and developed an interest in the human side of technology, particularly in why some mining technologies are accepted and others are not. The human issues in mechanisation are small-scale manifestations of the broader community issues investigated at CSMI.   




Ingrid Watson leads the centre’s work on environment, biodiversity, mine closure and land use. Before joining the CSMI in 2009, she had a successful career progression working on land reform in government, and then for mining company De Beers; first in their global environmental practice, and then as assurance manager for environment and community. In her position at the centre as programme manager: environment, Ingrid teaches in the Masters programme and supervises a number of MSc students in the faculties of Science and Engineering.

Ingrid’s research focus is on socio-ecological systems, with a particular focus on land use and livelihoods post mine closure. Her doctoral research seeks to establish what lessons can be learnt from the development of the Free State goldfields between 1940 and 2014 that would enable improved development of other resource regions. Ingrid holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Environmental Science, an MSc in Environment and Society, and an MPhil in Sustainable Development Planning and Management.


Associates, facilitators and researchers

Dr Elizabeth Bastida
Louise Carmichael
Eugene Dabner
Prof. Tracy Humby
Reg de la Hunt
Janeen Ferguson
Prof. May Hermanus
Karen Hurt
Hilton Johnson
Prof. Daniel Limpitlaw
Takudzwa Maposa
Dion Marais
Alison McCallum
Janet Munakamwe
Prof. Nellie Mutemeri
Terence Parker
Georgina Pearman
Ed O’Keefe
Julie Stacey
Andreas Stockhusen
Dr Joshua Walker
Neal Westgate




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